AtoZChallenge 2015: N is for New Adult
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So, N is for New Adult today, and that’s the classification for my book The End of the Journey. For those who don’t know what New Adult is, it’s a fairly recent classification for those darker, sexier, possibly more violent stories that fall over the top end of Young Adult and into the books aimed at adults only.
The End of the Journey is the first part of the contemporary paranormal Hidden War series. Demons and magic are real in the Britain in which this series is set, and war rages between those who raise demons for their own ends and those who are trying to protect their world from such dark infiltration. This war goes on unseen by most.
In this world of two very clear sides, my protagonists, young men Damon Wulfres and Zac Kithrall, one from each of the sides, are forced together, Zac finding himself very much at the mercy of his enemy. He should be fighting for his freedom, but he trusts Damon, relies on him and, when the story opens, he has done for quite some time.
It was this idea that hooked my muse onto the story.
I wanted to explore the relationship between Damon and Zac as it developed, first through necessity and then into something more complex as Zac tries to discover the truth behind his own and Damon’s actions. Two young men with totally different backgrounds, but who share the weight of the expectations of their people, expectations they have both destroyed.
The End of the Journey could probably have been classified simply as Young Adult, but as Zac and Damon’s connection arcs through the upcoming stories, I intend for the story to grow both darker and more intimate, thus deserving the New Adult Classification.
What do you think of the New Adult classification – do you think it’s a useful designation, or do you think we had enough subgenres already?
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The End of the Journey by Sophie Duncan
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The Hidden War has been raging unseen my normal eyes for generations and Zac Kithrall, demon-seer, and Damon Wulfres, demon-raiser, have grown up on opposite sides of it.
Zac knows these truths, but when he finds himself mostly helpless and under Damon’s control, he can’t remember why he trusts his enemy, or why they are running from both sides in the war. Weak, and fighting a raging power that is threatening to tear him apart from the inside, Zac is forced to rely on Damon, friend or foe, and, together, they face a race against time to prevent Armageddon.
The End Of The Journey is the first story in The Hidden War Series.
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